Restoration Advisory Committee

Stewart ANG Restoration Advisory Committee

Stewart Air Natioanl Guard ; Restoration Advisory Committee

OVERVIEW

The Stewart Air National Guard (SANG) Restoration Advisory Committee (RAC) was formed in early 2020 and holds public meetings quarterly to review SANG's environmental remediation projects, including the cleanup of Newburgh's PFAS-contaminated watershed and drinking water reservoirs. SANG is a NY State Superfund Site, and as such, is required to follow cleanup measures under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Department of Health (NYSDOH) have the responsibility to ensure that the risks posed by State Superfund sites are properly evaluated and addressed. During this remediation process, the City of Newburgh currently and temporarily gets its drinking water from the Catskill Aqueduct (NYC's clean and protected water supply). NCWP and its allies provide support to the RAC Community Members as they hold the Department of Defense accountable for the full remediation of our watershed, including cleanup of PFAS contamination from water bodies, groundwater and soil.

PURPOSE

The Stewart Air National Guard (SANG) Restoration Advisory Committee (RAC) is designed to provide a forum for effective two-way communication between the community and the New York Air National Guard about the environmental work that is being conducted at Stewart Air National Guard Base. A RAC may only address issues associated with environmental restoration activities.

 

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP

The RAC is made up of 25  members, including 10 representatives of the NY Air National Guard, Stewart International Airport, and other local and state government officials, known as 'RAC Department Members', as well as 15 members from the Greater Newburgh community (City of Newburgh, Town of Newburgh and New Windsor), known as 'RAC Community Members'.

OPERATING PROCEDURES

The RAC is governed by its Operating Procedures created with input from all RAC members. Here are the RAC's Draft Operating Procedures as of 4/18/20, which are currently under full RAC review. These Operating Procedures are derived from the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) Handbook. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us here or via Facebook.

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2020 RAC MEETING DATES & MATERIALS

RAC Meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Public comment is welcome before the meeting on Agenda-related items and after the meeting on all related topics. All meetings are transcribed in English and Spanish. We are working on getting all meeting materials translated into Spanish, and meetings live-interpreted in Spanish and recorded with closed-captioning. If you are willing to provide these services or have recommendations, please contact us. RAC-related trainings and preparatory community meetings are convened before each RAC quarterly meetings.

MEETING 1

Tues, February 4, 2020
Location — The Armory
Agenda — Eng
Slide Deck — Eng 
Minutes — Eng  | Esp
Q&As — Eng
Press Coverage:
Record Online Article
Photo Gallery

MEETING 2

Thurs, April 30th, 6-8pm
Location — Online, GoToMeeting:
Agenda — Eng | Esp
Slide Deck — Eng
Glossary of Terms — Eng
Q&As — Eng
Facebook Audio Recording

MEETING 3

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location — TBD
Agenda — Eng | Esp
Hand-outs — Eng | Esp
Minutes — Eng | Esp
Q&As — Eng | Esp
Report Links

MEETING 4

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location — TBD
Agenda — Eng | Esp
Hand-outs — Eng | Esp
Minutes — Eng | Esp
Q&As — Eng | Esp
Report Links

MEETING 5

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location — TBD
Agenda — Eng | Esp
Hand-outs — Eng | Esp
Minutes — Eng | Esp
Q&As — Eng | Esp
Report Links

RAC COMMUNITY MEMBERS

RAC Community Members are selected based on inclusive representation, diverse skillsets, and community outreach capacity. Of the 15 Members below, 5 seats are held by representatives of environmental organizations involved in local and regional watershed protection and conservation. These include Newburgh's Conservation Advisory Council, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Newburgh Clean Water Project, Riverkeeper, and Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A RAC MEMBER?

RAC Community Members serve a staggered term of 1-3 years (their preference) to ensure their is continuity among membership. Members are selected  through a public application process, RAC Community Member vote, and approval by both Co-Chairs. If you are interested in becoming a RAC Community Member, please contact us.